Studies, Reports, and Research

The 2020 Circus Survey Report

 Self-Determination Through Circus Arts

Self-Determination Through Circus Arts: Exploring Youth Development in a Novel Activity Context by Jennifer P. Agans, Jacqueline L. Davis, Spyridoula Vazou, and Tal Jarus. Published in the Journal of Youth Development in 2019. The study shows support for basic psychological needs and positive developmental outcomes among youth circus program participants.

 2018 Circus Survey

The 2018 Circus Survey Report
 Youth Circus Social and Emotional Learning
A 2017 national study, commissioned by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and conducted by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, shows positive impact of circus programming on youth at risk.
Circus Research
A collection of studies, papers, and articles.

    Helpful Lists

Pre-Professional and Professional Programs, Intensives, Residencies (North America)
A master list of programs in North America for pursuing circus after youth circus, including useful information on application details, price, duration, and more.
Youth and Social Circus Worldwide Master List
An extensive global list of youth circus programs which teach multiple skills, compiled by Jacqueline Davis, Audrey Djunaedi, Lloyd D. Scharmecker Jr., and Brianna Marie Wegrzyn in 2017.
College Circus Clubs List
List of circus, juggling, and aerial clubs and groups at U.S. colleges and universities, organized by state.
AYCO/ACE Member Organizations
List of current AYCO/ACE member organizations

    Important References

AYCO/ACE Ethical Principles of Sexual Harassment and Abuse Prevention

Core truths for reference in developing policy and best practices to prevent sexual abuse and harassment, released by the AYCO/ACE Health and Wellness Committee 2020.

Expanding Our Teaching: Coaching for All Students

A living guide on cultural humility created in 2019 by the Social Circus Committee.

Gender and Circus Coaching

An information and reference sheet on gender identity and circus created by the Youth Advisory Committee in 2017.

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Health and Wellness Resources

Resources compiled by the ACE/AYCO Health and Wellness committee on sexual abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and other important topics.
Recommended Core Competencies for Youth Circus Practitioners
Eight recommended core competencies, as created by twenty-five AYCO organizational members at the 2010 AYCO Educator’s Conference.
AYCO/ACE Minor Safety Policies
AYCO/ACE takes the safety of all minors interacting with AYCO/ACE programs and governance very seriously. These practices have been established to prevent harassment or abuse of minors.
Grant Writing Tips
Tips and examples from Phyllis Martin (AKA Truffle Pig) on grant writing for circus practitioners in the USA.
Circus Games
Link to purchase Games for Circus Educators, Organizers, and Innovators and form to submit games for a future edition.

    Client Management Options


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